When we first meet 14-year-old Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. This was before milk carton photos and public service announcements, she tells us; back in 1973, when Susie mysteriously disappeared, people still believed these things didn’t happen. In the sweet, untroubled voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and her own adjustment to the strange new place she finds herself. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. With love, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie watches her family as they cope with their grief, her father embarks on a search for the killer, her sister undertakes a feat of amazing daring, her little brother builds a fort in her honor and begin the difficult process of healing. In the hands of a brilliant novelist, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful and touching story about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.
If you are interested in reading this, you can nab a copy at the previous month’s meeting or at the Reference Desk, first-come, first served.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak will be discussed Tuesday October 22, 2013 7-8:30PM at The Classic Bean. As always, plan to bring cash for drinks and food as young professionals in their 20s/30s gather for this discussion.
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